Moving Along Slowly

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I managed to make some progress on Dancing Nine-patches this week.

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I finished all the grid work using my walking foot. To add a little interest, I did not stay inside the lines. Some of the grid is over the blocks and some of it extends out into the sashing. I decided to put free-motion bubbles in the sashing. They are actually “Pebbles” except they are big and mostly round so I am calling them bubbles.

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I tend to drift smaller and tighter as I make “Pebbles” across large areas. For this quilt, I want to make sure to keep a more bubbly look with lots of big round cicles. I marked some random circles here and there using an empty thread spool and a water soluable marker. This should help keep the scale of the bubbles consistant across the whole quilt. Then I filled in around the marked circles.

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It is working out pretty well. Here is how it looks from the back without the marks. My camera just doesn’t like black on black so it is a bit difficult to see. Click on the photo to see it larger.

I am linking this post with Leah Day’s Free Motion Friday.

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And the winner is…

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The winner of the Shades of Blue scrap bundle from Quilter’s Newsletter is Barb Woods who wrote: “Great quilt design. Thanks for sharing!”

I have sent Barb’s e-mail address to Quilter’s Newsletter and they will be contacting her soon to deliver her prize.

Thank you all for your messages of praise and encouragement. Today is the last day of the blog tour. Visit today’s featured quilt designers for more chances to win.

Correction
Originally, I selected Cecilia as the of the winner the Shades of Blue scrap bundle, but the editors of QNL let me know that Cecilia has already won a prize on Toby Lishko’s blog.

Cecilia wrote: “I enjoyed seeing and learning about the original quilt. It is beautiful, as is yours. Congratulations…”.

My apologies go out to Cecilia for any disappointment my mistake may have caused. I will be contacting her thorough e-mail to send her a consolation prize.

Civil War to Modern

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Welcome to Day 3 of Quilters Newsletter Best Scrap Quilts Blog Tour. Leave a comment on this post before mid-night tonight (May 1, 2014) and you will be entered for a chance to win a scrap bundle of fabric from Quilter’s Newsletter. My Wild Geese quilt appears on page 80 of this special edition which is available now on newsstands or you can order a copy from the Quilter’s Newsletter website.

Wild Geese is a reproduction of a quilt which hangs in the home of my friend Julie Hacala. The original was made some time in the mid-nineteenth century; most likely, just before the Civil War. The maker is unknown. The block is listed in The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman as #1692b. One of its names is “Wild Geese”.

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Here is a full view of the original quilt. The HSTs are 1.5 inches and the entire quilt measures 42 x 52 inches. Near the bottom, there are two sets of very bright triangles, one set on each side of the quilt. These four triangles were all cut from the same indigo dyed fabric. While all the other fabrics faded, these four little guys have kept their color for over 150 years.

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Here is a close up. As you can see it is quite fragile. The maker must have had a great stash. Julie and I dated the fabrics as ranging from about 1845-1860. It is hand quilted in a double-line diagonal grid which extends across the entire body of the quilt and into the borders.

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Here is a full view of Wild Geese. It will be on display at the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild Show at Washtenaw Community College July 26 and 27.

Julie's quilt - closeup back

Here is a closeup of the back, so you can see the quilting. I used a walking foot to quilt a double-line diagonal grid across the entire body, then free-motion quilted feathers in the borders.

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I managed to find a spot where all the points and seams line up for this close up of the front.

Julie's quilt - label

The label is hand embriodered.

If you are not into traditional, increase the HST size to 3.5 inches and this pattern looks great in modern fabrics. Just cut your “A” blocks 4 3/8 instead of 2 3/8. Here are some examples made by some of my friends.

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Ann Dilcher made this one using wicker weave solids.

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Stephanie Klaver made this rainbow version.

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This one was made by Kathie Laposata using fabrics from her stash. Notice how the bigger block size works well with the large scale prints.

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Brenda Ratliff and I made this one together using a fat quarter bundle of Simple Style fabrics by Vanessa Christenson.

Quilting on Dancing Nine-Patches

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I have eight quilt tops ready to be quilted. The first was “Brad’s Quilt”. The quilting is done. All that remains is to hand sew the binding.

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I started quilting on “Dancing Nine-Patches” yesterday. The plan is to quilt a diagonal grid in the nine-patches and then fill in the areas between with something else. I am not brave enough to do the grid free-motion, so I drew it on with chalk and a ruler. I am using my walking foot to trace the lines. Once the grid is done, I will switch to free motion to fill in the rest.

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Linking up with Free Motion Friday.

Brad’s Quilt

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I am linking this post to Free Motion Friday. I have been quilting on Brad’s quilt.

I anchored the entire quilt by using my walking foot to echo an outline of all the blocks. Then I free motion quilted a grid in the nine-patches.

Front of the quilt.

Here is the front of the quilt.

I had to use the flash to get my camera to photograph the black fabric, so these photos are a bit washed out. The backing is actually a very nice grey on black fabric.

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It is easier to see the quilting from the back. I used white thread which pretty much disappears on the front and pops on the back.

In the borders, I used the "Tree Roots" pattern by Leah Day.

I used the “Tree Roots” pattern by Leah Day in the borders.

The quilting from the back.

More of the quilting from the back.

Free Motion Quilting in a Small Space

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It can be a challenge to setup comfortably for free motion quilting in a small space. My sewing room is about 9′ X 10′. This is not a lot of room for spreading out. I have room for some shelves plus four pieces of furniture, a sewing table, an ironing board, a cutting table and a drawer rack for fabric.

Here is how it looks set up for regular sewing.

My sewing table is perpendicular to the cutting table. There is just enough room for my chair between the shelves and the sewing table.

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Moving around the room, here is the fabric storage.

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The ironing station.

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The design wall.
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For free motion I need a lot of table space behind and to the left of the machine. I turn my sewing table so that it is backs up to the cutting table. The ironing board is lowered and placed to the left of the sewing table.
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Now there is just enough room for my chair between the sewing table and the fabric drawers.
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I can’t close the door to the hallway, but I do have the support I need to free motion a large quilt.

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Before anyone asks, I DID clean up the room before taking the photos.

I am linking this post with Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilt Project.

I have been busy

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I haven’t posted for a while, but I have been busy.

I made this giant tote bag for carrying quilts to guild meetings:

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It measures 24 x 20 x 8 and can hold up to three queen sized quilts.

Yellow Cubes is finished! Yah!

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I have entered this into the Modern Quilt Exhibit being curated by the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild for the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Show in July.

New Baby Quilt

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I fell in love with this fabric (Urban Garden by Jennifer Moore for Monaluna Organic Fabrics). So, I made this quilt for my niece who is expecting her second little girl in about 4 weeks.

I am also giving her this “Big Girl” quilt for her toddler. This one was finished a few years ago and I have been holding on to it until her daughter was a little older.

Getting Ready to Retreat

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I am starting to collect my projects for the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild retreat this coming weekend.

This baby quilt for my niece is ready for free motion quilting:
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My daughter wants a big tote bag made in a similar way as this lunch bag I made for myself over the holidays:
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I found this great fabric at Pink Castle:
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I may as well make two tote bags. Here is the fabric for mine:
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Ripping Out Seams

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How to rip out a seam really fast.

Iron the seam closed.

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Use your seam ripper to cut every third or fourth stitch.

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Work all the way across the entire seam.

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Pull the seam apart.

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Use a lint roller to pull out the thread crumbs.

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Why have I suddenly become an expert at ripping out seams?

This pile of nine-patch blocks in black with a solid, plaid or stripe has been hanging out in my sewing room for a while.

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I started sewing them together for a quick quilt top.

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That got boring real fast. I took them apart and went with this instead. I think it is more interesting. What do you think?

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